The California Industrial Hemp Farming Act (Senate Bill 566, Chapter 398, Statutes of 2013) was signed into law to authorize the commercial production of industrial hemp in California. The Act became effective on January 1, 2017, due to a provision in the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Proposition 64, November 2016).

As directed by this Act, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is developing a program to administer this new law. The first step of this process is establish an Industrial Hemp Advisory Board. With assistance from the Board, CDFA will further develop the registration process, fee structure, regulations, and other administrative details as necessary to provide for the commercial production of industrial hemp in accordance with the Act.

For more information, contact the California Industrial Hemp Program at


California Industrial Hemp Law 

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ – Industrial Hemp Registration Process 

Proposed Regulations

CCR § 4920 – List of Approved Seed Cultivars

Guidelines on Enforcement of FAC § 81011 

Industrial Hemp Letter – Nursery License 

CCIA Industrial Hemp Seed Certification Standards

[source California Dept. of Ag]


Updated on May 9, 2019

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